November 4, 2016 – How to break the junk food habit
Do you find yourself craving ice cream, intoxicated by an image of french fries or unable to resist the candy jar at a co-worker’s desk?
Research shows you’re not alone. Certain foods—particularly processed foods that are high in sugar, salt and fat—don’t just taste good, they also can be addictive, said scientists at a UC San Francisco symposium on food and addiction.
Food addiction is still a controversial concept in the scientific community. But researchers find strong evidence that certain foods can trigger binging, craving and withdrawal, responses that are similar to those produced by addictive substances like alcohol, cocaine and tobacco.